The sun was out, and my classmates and I watched as the island Praia do Forte came to life. The sky was a soft baby blue, and the clouds looked like white cotton candy balls. The birds were singing, and the ocean was laughing. The cool breeze lifted the sound of the ocean waves, carrying … Continue reading New friends in Praia do Forte
I don’t know what I was thinking wearing a long sleeve and jeans to learn an Afro-Brazilian dance. And I don’t mean for comfort, but more so because when we got into it, we really got into the dance! I should have known there was going to be sweat. The word Samba means to dance … Continue reading How to Samba: The Afro-Brazilian Dance Lesson
It’s Friday our bags a packed and excitement is in the air, but first we’ve got class y’all! We began the day at ISC as usual, wrapping up our lecture from yesterday with Dr. Mota. We continued on with our conversation about racial inequalities in healthcare. She gave examples of how medical treatment differs based … Continue reading Today, The purpose is to have fun!
Today was a day in which we explored the concept of race in Brazil both inside and outside of the classroom. Our lecture at ISC was given by Dr. Clarice Mota entitled “Racial Inequalities in Health and the Challenges of Implementing Equity Policies in Brazil.” In her lecture she gave us an overview of the … Continue reading Race in Brazil
A quick overview with our guest lecturer By Danielle Perry 5/16/2017 An image portraying Sao Paulo economic disparities. A poor neighborhood on the left next to a rich neighborhood on the right. Quality of care is a major concern for those using the Brazilian health care system Sistema Unico de Saude (SUS). Even … Continue reading Social Inequalities and Health Disparities in Brazil
Today during class at the Institute of Collective Health we learned about the structure of the Unified Health System (SUS) that exists in Brazil. The Unified Health system was created to give all Brazilians the “right to healthcare”. This system is entirely free for those that use its services and incorporates many preventive medicine ideals. … Continue reading The Unified Health System, Candomblé, and a Cultural Exchange
Lençoís felt like nothing short of paradise. The first day we arrived, we went straight to the foot of the mountain of Morro do Pai Inácio. The climb was adventurous, and the top was breathtaking. Our tour guide was great, and his history lesson of how the mountain was named was a thrill! After climbing … Continue reading No one said paradise would be close by…
Survival Portuguese class was over, and the scorching Salvador sun greeted us as we exited our classroom. Immediately a charged excitement filled the air as we boarded the Mariah Carey. The bus, Mariah Carey as we fondly called it, had extremely reclining seats, air-conditioning, and something else that we all longed for on our 10-hour … Continue reading Salvador, Bahia and Chicken Hearts
Today my mom made me a delicious breakfast. It was so good and I really enjoyed the mango and kiwi. She put on the radio and American music started playing. I thought that was funny because I rarely hear American music since I’ve been here. I’ve gotten used to hearing Brazilian music. She wrote me … Continue reading Feliz Dia das Mães
Today was our second full day in Salvador. Our schedule wasn’t as packed, and we had a few hours of free time in between our activities. In the morning, we went to the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), and had a lecture with a few graduate students and one undergraduate student. All of the students … Continue reading Collective Health Research, Beach Trip, and CAPOEIRA!